My focus is happiness rather than wine right now

I’m chuffed as ninepence. After a series of setbacks of such varied character as pancreatitis, being unable to walk and having too much exposure to a particularly loathsome housing agent I’ve just this moment learned that Elitistreview will finally be installed in a long-term, totally lovely residence in wonderful Winchester. It has taken an age and there has been expense, offence and indescribable pain on the way, but now it’s all over and I am jollier than a particularly Sherry-infused trifle.

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We are having a couple of glasses of Domaine de Trevallon 2008 to celebrate. I admit my mind is not entirely focussed on the wine, I want to dance around and skip with delight, but I’ll tell you a bit about it:

When young like this one Trevallon is quite a fruity, ripe little number. But there is that ‘little’ – it is not an Australian Cabernet/Shiraz monster but rather has a distinctly elegant character. The fruit is certainly attractive at this age, but the elegance and complexity it shows tell me (as does being informed by many previous tasting encounters) it’ll be best in 7-10 years. It’s a great drink at around that age. My money saving tips with this wine, which is getting distinctly well-known and therefore not cheap, are to buy the less lauded vintages (I prefer the restraint they show when not super ripe and they are no worse in quality) and if you are in the UK buy them from Leon Stolarski Fine Wines – he doesn’t charge the Earth.

Now it is back to boozing and being inordinately mirth-charged! Hooray!

  • Thomas Blach

    May I wish the Elitist Review every happiness in its new headquarters. I have just poured a glass of Jadot’s Bonnes Mares 1972. I thought I knew what to expect but this has singed my eyebrows such is its extraorinary intensity. I shall drink to your health with it.

  • Druin B

    Best wishes for your new geographical incarnation. For the sake of your readers, may the supply of food and wine be as stimulating as before.

    (I’m also very jealous of Tom’s 72 Bonnes Mares!)

  • Thank you both for your kind words. Editor Daniel and I are quite surprised by how happy we are to be out of London, but also glad it is less than an hour away. Great to have space for guests, too.

    The 72 BM sounds quite an eye-opener. I shall attempt to score one for myself when an opportunity arises.

  • Ian Black

    Best wishes for a stress-free settling in at your new location. I trust this will not impede the flow of vinous outrage and invective!